Friday, November 21, 2014

DAFA wins $7,000 from SC Johnson / Vecco

DAFA came up the big winner in a recent rug-making competition sponsored by Vecco DIY Rug Decor products, bringing home a total of $7,000 for the guild treasury. The excitement began when volunteers representing four Dallas-area non-profit organizations (Dwell with Dignity, ArtLoveMagic, Groundwork Dallas and DAFA) received rug design kits from SC Johnson, with instructions to design rugs that illustrated the theme “Texas Pride.” Coordinated by Deborah Boschert, 25 DAFA artists created individual rugs of their own design and submitted photos for a special Pinterest board. (That accomplishment earned DAFA the first $2,000.) The board appeared as part of Vecco’s site, alongside the Pinterest boards of the other three organizations. The number of Pinterest “Follows” by the deadline determined which organization would win the $5,000 prize – and it was DAFA’s board that came out on top.

The $5,000 award was announced at a November 14 Vecco-sponsored product launch at Valley View Mall in Dallas. The celebration included the unveiling of a one-of-a-kind Texas rug mosaic created by the volunteers as they learned to use the product. The rugs that made up the mosaic will be donated to Dwell with Dignity, an organization that aims to bring good design into the lives of those struggling with poverty or homelessness. See Vecco’s fun video here. 

From left: A giant mosaic rug unveiled by Vecco at Valley View Mall included sections stenciled by DAFA members and other DFW artists. Vecco representative Diane Hensley (on left) presents a giant $5,000 check to Deborah Boschert, DAFA’s DIY rug project coordinator, and JoAnn Musso, DAFA president. 
From left: Juanita Johnson’s windmill rug was among those chosen for display in the hospitality room at Valley View Mall. Brenda Wyatt enjoys the reception, where her boot rug was on display. Markita Hall-Gumble’s Texas Pride rug is drawing a lot of interest on Pinterest.

From left: Markita Hall-Gumble demonstrates her technique for painting a rug with Vecco’s new product. Valery Guignon’s armadillo rug on display. Deborah Boschert is interviewed by Vecco about the DIY rug project. 

Competition for a $2,500 individual prize continues through December 17, when the Dallas-area artist whose rug has received the most “likes” takes home that prize. See the DAFA rugs here and get ready to vote! Public voting on Pinterest to determine the winner begins on December 8 at 9 a.m. ET and ends on December 17, at 6 p.m. ET. Pinterest users can vote by "liking" an image (clicking the heart beside the rug).
-- JoAnn Musso, Deborah Boschert, Carolyn Skei

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mixed-Media Mania

It was Mixed-Media Mania night for DAFA members at the October meeting this year. Members JoAnn Musso, Brenda McKinney and Yvonne Perez led the make-and-take evening, each coaching rotating groups of participants through the intricacies of fun projects. JoAnn taught Dior Roses, Brenda taught Duct Tape Bracelets, and Yvonne taught Halloween ATCs. Mini-workshop chair Beth Swider coordinated the evening’s events.

Left to right: Yvonne Perez shows participants her wiggly-eyed Boo-Ya Halloween artist trading card.  Participants cut strips of duct tape for covering cardboard cylinders to make bracelets. Brenda McKinney (at right) explains tricks for applying the duct tape smoothly to the bracelets. 

Left to right: JoAnn Musso (center back) leads a table full of Dior rose makers in cutting and gathering red satin rose petals. Sheila Hill and new member JoAnn May celebrate the season in Halloween hats and DAFA aprons. Diana Pease (at left) and Ruth Anderson chat and fill out evaluation forms.
-- Carolyn Skei

Friday, October 10, 2014

Field trip to Oscar de la Renta exhibit

THE OSCAR DE LA RENTA “Five Decades of Style” exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas became the destination for a group of DAFA fashion enthusiasts in September 2014. The special exhibit featured a retrospective of the American fashion designer’s work from his early years through his recent fashions.

The gowns on exhibit included daywear and evening dresses worn by many U.S. First Ladies, including Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Reagan. Glittering evening wear on exhibit included gowns designed for American celebrities.

De la Renta is among the most famous recipients of the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion. The couture clothing was displayed in a special gallery that is part of the new presidential center on the SMU campus.

Left to right: DAFA president JoAnn Musso photographs colorful gowns showing cultural influences from places like Russia and India.  Elaborate embroidery on a white wool coat. The highly recognizable Oscar de la Renta signature and sketches.
Left to right: Among the fashions designed for members of First Families was Jenna Bush’s wedding dress (center). Detail of the wedding gown skirt and train. Visitors survey the central gallery, showing fashions designed for U.S. First Ladies. Suits created for Nancy Reagan are front and center in this frame.

Left to right: DAFA member Carol Regan photographs early fashions inspired by Oscar de la Renta’s time in Spain. A deep red gown worn by Hillary Clinton as First Lady. Detail picture of elaborate embellishments on an evening gown. One of many sparkling gowns designed to be worn on the "Red Carpet."
Posted by Carolyn Skei

Suzanne McNeill presents September '14 program

MIXED-MEDIA ARTIST AND DAFA MEMBER SUZANNE McNEILL was the guild’s guest presenter in September 2014. She shared, in depth, two of her favorite art techniques – Zentangles and Gelli Printing. Members learned some of the basics of “tangling” during the mini-workshop, when Suzanne led them in making unique peek-a-boo cards, using simple materials and intricate-looking Zentangle patterns.

The author of numerous books on all kinds of art techniques, Suzanne then presented a program focused on the recent use she has made of Zentangle techniques and Gelli plate prints in her colorful art. Sometimes the two techniques are combined in unique ways in her painted canvases and quilted pieces. She demonstrated for the crowd how she makes basic monoprints using the synthetic gelatin plate manufactured by Gelli Arts.

Left to right: Inspired by Suzanne’s samples, members try their skills at “tangling.” Suzanne displays a card with a peek-a-boo opening. Finished cards by several members.

Assisted by Tammi Daubenspeck, Suzanne displays a silk scarf with colorful Zentangle designs, an animal quilt with Gelli-printed fabrics, and a quilt featuring black and quite Zentangle threadplay.

Left and center: One of Suzanne’s painted canvases featuring Zentangle designs and a Zentangle-inspired portrait. Right: During Show & Tell, Leo Ransom displays two of his quilts, including a Jimi Hendrix portrait. Assisting are new members Charlene Lee and Vanessa Smith.
Posted by Carolyn Skei

Viewing "The Texas Experience" Quilts from SAQA

FOR DAFA'S AUGUST 2014 PROGRAM, Heather Pregger, coordinator of the North Texas unit of Studio Art Quilt Associates, brought DAFA members a touring collection of 12- x 12-inch quilts made by Texas SAQA members. The theme of the touring exhibit is “The Texas Experience.” The dozens of quilts will make the rounds to several venues around Texas and beyond. As the quilts were passed through the audience, members were able to examine the workmanship and design – admiring beautiful piecing, painting, applique, threadplay, image transfer and more.

During the mini-workshop timeslot, DAFA member Valery Guignon challenged participants to create “Spirit Dolls” from lovely scraps – many from her studio full of hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics.

A bevy of beautiful Spirit Dolls made by members during the August mini-workshop led by Valery Guignon. Photos by Patricia Dillingham.

Left: Deborah Boschert holds up one of the small quilts as she assists Heather Pregger in displaying the collection. Photo by Patricia Dillingham. Right: Heather discusses specific techniques with DAFA members at the end of the program.

Three quilts that drew many admiring glances were (left to right): “Fixin’ Fence” by Suzan Engler, “Hereford Calf” by Sara Sharp, and “It’s Not 1836 Anymore,” a Houston skyline by Hope Wilmarth. (Protected by plastic sleeves, the quilts could be passed from one audience member to another.)
Posted by Carolyn Skei

Learning from the Judges

Left to right: Teri Muse, Julio Suarez and Cynthia Padilla.

LISTENING TO THE CRITICS was the theme of DAFA’s June 2014 program. DFW-area artists Teri Muse, Cynthia Padilla, and Julio Suarez were the panelists assembled by DAFA program chair, Vet. They discussed the elements they consider when jurying and judging an art show. (Two of the three – Teri and Cynthia -- have recently juried DAFA member shows.) 

The discussion gave members the opportunity to learn what excites and interests trained artists as they examine the digital photographs presented to them in show entries – and then what moves them as they select winners once a show has been hung.

Friday, August 29, 2014

DAFA Awards Two 2014 Scholarships

Josie Rodriquez and Abigail Elizabeth Sherrill became this year’s DAFA Scholarship recipients at the guild’s meeting in May. Josie is an undergraduate student at the University of North Texas who will enter the UNT Graduate Fiber Program in the fall.  Abigail, a current graduate student at the University of North Texas, will further her career in the fiber art field through working and teaching.

As part of their presentations to the guild, Josie and Abigail displayed their artwork and received enthusiastic support from audience members. DAFA community services chair Brenda McKinney coordinated the awards and presented the two winners with their $500 checks.

Left: Josie Rodriquez receives her scholarship from DAFA community services chair Brenda McKinney. Right: Brenda presents the other scholarship award to Abigail Sherrill.

On left, scholarship winner Abigail Sherrill chats with DAFA member Traci Hutton. At right, DAFA members crowd around samples of the students’ work after the two winners’ presentations.
-- Brenda McKinney

Awards Conclude 2014 DAFA Member Show

DAFA artists and members celebrated the closing of the 2014 Member Show and Special Exhibit with a reception and awards ceremony at the guild’s April meeting. The juried show, The Fine Art of Fiber, included 34 pieces of art made by 17 artists and one group. The exhibit was on display at The Point on the C.C. Young campus from March 28 to April 28, along with a special exhibit, The Textures of Indonesia Challenge (details below).

The Best of Show award went to a large collaborative piece made by a group of eight DAFA friends whose months-long project yielded 72 fiber art “Tarot” cards inspired by a deck showing the work of Leonardo da Vinci. DAFA thanks our juror, DFW-area artist Teri Muse, and our hard-working Annual Show chair, Sherrie Tootle.

This year’s Member Show winners
• Best of Show – “The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot: A Wonder's Collaboration,” Connie Akers, Flo    Barry, Michelle Knoerzer, Sara Miller, Lu Peters, Carolyn Skei, Brenda Wyatt, and Gay        
• First Place – “Poule Aye,” Alisa Banks
• Second Place – “Big Figure #8,” Heather Pregger
• Third Place – “Modern Target Practice,” Robin Wiliiamson
• Juror's Choice – “Chaos III - Hoyle's Cosmology,” Connie Akers 
• Honorable Mention – “Blue Chair Mantra,” Deborah Boschert 
• Honorable Mention – “Flower Garden,” Janet Avery

Note: Watch the DAFA website for photos of all show entries.

Left to right: Val Guignon (center) chats with Deborah Boschert at the reception table. Annual Show chair Sherrie Tootle prepares to announce the winners. Artists and show visitors fill the gallery with excitement at the closing reception.

Left to right: Four of eight members who won a collaborative Best of Show award for "The Da Vinci Enigma," Carolyn Skei, Gay Young, Lu Peters and Michelle Knoerzer. Alisa Banks with “Poule Aye.” Heather Pregger with “Big Figure #8.”
Left to right: Robin Williamson with “Modern Target Practice.” Deborah Boschert with “Blue Chair Mantra.” Janet Avery with “Flower Garden.” Lu Peters (center) accepts the Juror’s Choice award on behalf of her friend and collaborator Connie Akers. Show chair Sherrie Tootle is at left, juror Teri Muse on the right.

Leading up to a special exhibit titled The Textures of Indonesia, DAFA veterans Mary Masal and JoAnn Musso challenged members to make art using a challenge fabric – pieces of a recycled quilt top with an Indonesian flavor. In addition to the challenge fabric, finished entries had to include “one button, one snap, and one bead,” as well as “something round, something square and something purple.” The inventive entries sparked the imaginations of show visitors and DAFA members alike.

This year’s Challenge winners
• First Place – “Daphne's Good Fortune Cookie” purse, Daphne Huffman
• Second Place – “Myriad of Journeys” vest, Sheila Hill
• Third Place – “Wildflower” quilt, Janet Avery
• Judge's Choice – “Long-Leg Rag Doll #3,” Binnie Tomaro

Left to right: Challenge winner Daphne Huffman with her fortune cookie purse. Sheila Hill with her challenge vest. Janet Avery with her challenge quilt. Binnie Tomaro with her Judge’s Choice rag doll.

Left to right: Challenge instigators JoAnn Musso and Mary Masal prepare for a light-hearted announcement of their winners. Jules Rushing’s “MRI Mirage” reminds guests of the seriousness of Alzheimer’s Disease. Artists and show visitors examine and discuss details of the work. Sculpture at right is “Wild Thing I” by Debbie Snider.

Contributors: Sherrie Tootle, Mary Masal, Carolyn Skei  

DAFA Meets the Public at ArtPark

Led by guild show chair Sherrie Tootle, a team of DAFA members manned a colorful display of guild members’ work at the annual ARTsPARK fair at NorthPark shopping center in Dallas in April. The event was the fifth such opportunity for area art organizations to connect with the public and to bring membership information, displays and demonstrations to those interested in the arts. 

Thanks to Sherrie and to Debbie Snider, Glynis Scott, and Janet Jelen, who manned the booth, and to a number of members who loaned items for the display.

Debbie Snider (left) and Glynis Scott tend the DAFA table at ARTsPARK. Debbie made the wrapped baskets on display, and Glynis made the felted items. Other items include quilts and quilt-like items made by Sherrie Tootle, and hand-dyed fabric by Jules Rushing.
Contributor: Sherrie Tootle

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Christine K. Miller speaks at DAFA’s March 2014 meeting

Christine K. Miller, weaver, fiber artist and Plano high school art teacher, was DAFA’s guest artist at the meeting on March 24. She presented a talk on “The Future of Fibers,” a slide show originally prepared for the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas.

Christine’s talk reflected her long-time interest in basketry, knitting, crochet, sewing, needlework, and most recently, weaving with wire.  She exhibited recent works made with woven metal cloth. She also shared thoughts about a forward-looking personal project that she hopes will shine light on fiber as an art form.

The mini-workshop for March was led by DAFA member Beth Swider, who taught participants how to do straw weaving.

Christine’s PowerPoint presentation took an over-arching look at fiber, showing its presence in everything from our brains to our pop culture. Christine is shown at right.
Left to right: Lu Peters and Christine discuss dreams about a new informational project on the subject of fiber. Sue’s woven wire dress sculpture. Sue’s hut sculpture made of woven metal cloth.
Left to right: Mini-workshop participants trying their hands at straw weaving. Beth Swider (right) helps Early Irwin with her project. Wearing a striking straw-woven necklace and belt, Beth explains the process. 
-- Posted by Carolyn Skei